Encounter 237 – 23.9.2022

This time Ofek came to our circle. He went out for the weekend plus a holiday.
Hayuta, Shmulik, Mark, Nahshi and I also arrived.
Mr. Haruvi arrived and the conversation got a twist.
Doubt in earnest, doubt in jest, Rami demanded the “ceremony”, that is, a round of speech to the consciousness of Gaza. Since we have already heard hundreds of times the “minds” of various kinds, the ones that each of us usually says in the ears of occasional guests, it became possible to expand the reference to Gaza in new ways.
It started with Ofek who told how he found an opportunity to tell a “civilian” fact about Gaza precisely in a place that is the most “closed” to listen to such facts.
Mark pointed out the barriers hindering the initiatives we have started to roll out and their current state.
I raised a question that concerns me from time to time, are those who demand the regional good aware of the need to give up their privileged status when it comes to the use of resources? Resources that are currently given to them in huge excess at the expense of those whose use is prevented?
Rami addressed my question, calling it “self-flagellation” and also explained his position on the matter. He also claimed that already at the age of 18 he announced that he was ready to share the assets of his settlement with the neighbors.
Shmulik said that he is currently focused on “Project Yusuf” and his brothers. Yusuf is already here and working and his brothers Shmulik is still trying to bring as well.
Nahshi said in connection with the “distribution of resources” that I brought up, that he indeed remembers that Rami came back and talked about his willingness to share his property with his neighbors and that Shamulik is a communist so that the distribution of wealth is inherent in his ideological teaching.
Hayuta said that in her opinion she is the least “Gazatian” of all of us and chose to address the question of “resources” through the criticism of the treatment of equation as a social value. She asked rhetorically why we brilliantly carry great universal egalitarian values (man, women, resources, etc.) but give them up in our immediate environment (kibbutz, community, nation).
Mark also asked to address the “resources” issue. Mark is active in climate and environmental issues and brought us some fascinating (and alarming!) facts about the global use of natural resources.
After that, an interesting discussion on the subject developed, although unfortunately there was too much in the personal direction (“You do beautiful things with your abilities”) and less in the public direction of the distribution of resources. The discussion was so interesting that even at a quarter to four, Shmulik worked on making another pot of coffee.
This time we were: Shmulik, Nahshi, Hayuta, Ofek, Mark, Oded, Rami.
Written by: Oded

Encounter 235 – 9.9.2022

After we picked figs, we got organized and drank our first coffee,
Ofek has arrived!
He told about the difficulties in the army and said that to his surprise he is not the only one in the department who understands that the world is a little more complex than the clichés in the media.
Ofek rode to the horizon and again we remained few, but not for long:
Three motorcycles approach and even stop and even sit down.
So we open a circle:
Oded describes the lighthouse and also tells about the sulfur factory.
Moshe defines what is happening here as a circle more than a group.
Hayuta comes to support and encourage good people and wants to hear about the guests.
Shmulik makes coffee.
Nahashi comes regularly mainly because it is the best coffee in the area. He learns something from every guest here. In order to get out of the situation of wars, separation and violence, something needs to be done. We need to give expression to the simple people who are looking for a good life. The leadership on both sides is responsible for the situation. We are sitting here to bring together a solution for living together. Gaza can be paradise.
Omri: 31-year-old from our area. It is terrible and the situation continues. He works and lives as if there are no missiles, just lives.
Yonatan: grew up in the area and even served in the Erez Crossing. I know the situation. Both sides cause the situation to continue. Poor Gaza residents, they are in prison. We, when we feel bad, can leave – they can’t. Served in the unit that issues permits. Too bad it’s like that. On the one hand it is our government and on the other hand the organizations there, especially the small ones that are agitating. They don’t have much choice for someone to treat them.
Reuven: From the area too. live his life. When there are missiles he goes for cover. The situation doesn’t bother him that much. Lives for himself. Maybe it’s egotistical, but he really doesn’t care about the whole situation. Neither with us nor with them.
The three continued to ride and promised to return when there will be green around.
This time we were: Shmulik, Hayuta, Moshe, Oded, Nahshi, Ofek, Omri, Yonatan and Reuven.
Written by: Oded
Completed: Nahshi

Encounter 234 – 2.9.2022

It’s Friday, we gather again. Like last week’s meeting, the main conversation focuses on what we did this week, what this week did for us and what is planned for the future. We have already told you about the WhatsApp group that Mark started, where you can discuss ideas and also follow the performance. This week more friends joined that group.
Hearing aids have fallen to the wayside at the moment. There is a professional medical process here. The request for fundraising for this matter is very unfocused and difficult to implement.
The current direction is to focus on raising money for shoes for students in schools.
This Wednesday 7/9 we will go to meet Liora in Jerusalem to understand if we can help and support the music and dance projects she is doing in collaboration with colleagues from Gaza.
I hope we can arrange a meeting in Sinai. Awaiting answers from Rami regarding partners.
To ensure the success of the tasks, we need bureaucratic processes that we have not dealt with before and this is progressing slowly.
Today, in honor of the completion of the main medical procedure for his (former) illness, Mr. Harovi appeared at Lighthouse himself! Driving his “fire brigade” truck with a friend by his side who goes by the name of Noam.
Before them came Hanan, before him also Malki and Bela, and before Mark, Shmulik Nahshi and Moshe (who came after returning a friend from Gaza who works in Israel to the Erez terminal).
And before everyone else, I arrived! Rami also had a part in the “Lighthouse” today with the help of the phone.
So we were this time: Nahshi, Shmulik, Moshe, Oded, Mark, Bela, Malki, Hanan, Rami, Noam, Rami.
Written by: Oded